Friday, September 03, 2004

End of an Era

I finished reading SOMETHING ROTTEN by Jasper Fforde the other day. It was the final book in the Thursday Next series, and perhaps that's a good thing. I just didn't like it as much as the others. I felt that there weren't as many literary in jokes, or alternatively there were tons of them and i didn't get them! When i read THE EYRE AFFAIR, the first book in the series, it was the most original thing i had ever read. It was intelligent, adventuresome and funny. The second and third books were just as good, with THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS rating as my favorite. But this one was lack luster and i think it has to do with the fact that Thursday spends almost no time in BookWorld. Fforde's version of the real world is unique (croquet is the major sport of choice) but it's not enough.

Now i am on to reading Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis. This non fiction pick is about the nitty gritty world of competitive Scrabble. Now why, you may ask, would i read such a thing? Well, here's a little moment of truth... this hockey thing isn't working out as planned. I don't think i will make the Canadian Women's hockey team for the 2010 Olympics, and i have considered moving to Zimbabwe in case they field an Olympic hockey team, but ultimately i think i have to face up to the truth. I will not be playing in the Olympics for a home town crowd. So i thought, what about Scrabble, but after reading part of this book i am not sure if i am ready for the cut throat world of international Scrabble competition. But, alas, i would still like to try and improve my game. And i may even join the Vancouver Scrabble Club. They all seem to have pretty high rankings, and i would definitely be interested in a novice league and i know that i would have to study alot...

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